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Microsoft announces Lumia 640 and 640 XL with free Office 365 subscription

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Ever since Microsoft acquired Nokia, it has carried its Lumia range pretty well and has marched towards with great positivity. Working towards the same direction, Microsoft has introduced two new mid-tier smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, the long-rumoured Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL.

Armed with a free version of Office 365 Personal (worth $69.99) for a year, Microsoft expects that it might lure a proportion of Android and iOS users to its Windows platform. Compartivirely, Windows owns a scant portion in the operating system world and offering freebies is a part of the company’s plan to rise that graph a little higher.

The Lumia 640 comes as a successor of Lumia 630 and feaures a 5-inch 1280 x 720 screen and is pretty good considering the price tag that it comes along with. Above all, it comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top to add up to the durability factor.

Storage wise, it comes with a 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. Furthermore, Microsoft is using a 1.2GHz Qualcomm 400 quad-core processor. Though, it falls into a low cost smartphone category, the camera fabricated to it makes a new category for itself. Lumia 640 comes with a 8-megapixel camera with LED flash at the rear. That’s certainly gonna be a luring factor for camera fanatics seeking for a low cost smartphone. To disappoint you less, Microsoft has added a front camera with a 1-megapixel shooter with wide angle lens. Microsoft is bringing its Lumia camera software to the Lumia 640.

On the other had, Lumia 640 XL, a successor of Lumia 1320 showcases a 5.7 inch display. The intention for the launch of this smartphone is to amaze users who love larger displays. Though, its predecessor garnered enough attention for its 6 inch display, 5.7 inch display running at 1280 x 720 resolution should not be much of a disappointment.

The other difference between Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL is the fabrication of camera. Lumia 640 XL features a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics at rear with a 5-megapixel front camera with wide angle lens in front. That’s a lot to come at $211.

Microsoft is planning to release the Lumia 640 in April with LTE and 3G variants. The 3G version will start at 139 euro ($155), and the LTE variant will be priced at 159 euro ($178). The larger Lumia 640 XL will debut this month priced at 189 euro ($211) for the 3G version and 219 euro ($245) for the LTE variant. Both the devices will also come with dual sim variants with their own price ranges and, ofcourse, Lumia’s bright colors namely cyan, orange, black, and white.


 

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